Hélicoptères Hélicarrier Inc. Selects AS350 B3e to Meet Customer Demands
Heli-Expo, Dallas, Texas – AS350 B3e Supports Hélicoptères Hélicarrier’s Position in Heavy Load Operations
Hélicoptères Hélicarrier Inc. will enhance its capabilities in mining and external load operations with its recent purchase of an AS350 B3e from Eurocopter Canada Limited (ECL). Hélicoptères Hélicarrier currently operates 2 AS350 B3 aircraft for its diverse customer base.
“We have been very impressed with the performance of the AS350 B3 for our wide range of operations,” said Fred Carrier, Co-President, Operations Manager and Chief Pilot, Hélicoptères Hélicarrier Inc. “The AS350 B3e will be a welcome addition to our growing fleet in terms of extended maintenance intervals and strengthened endurance for longer flights.”
The AS350 B3e features a Safran Arriel 2D turboshaft engine, providing additional power in heavy lifting operations, such as mining exploration, long line operations and heavy equipment moves. The engine is equipped with a new-generation digital FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) and an engine data recorder for condition monitoring.
“We are pleased to see that Hélicoptères Hélicarrier’s positive experience with the AS350 B3 has led to interest in the AS350 B3e,” said Guy Joannes, President and CEO, ECL. “The enhanced aircraft was produced for power and has exceptional lift capability, demonstrating that operational requirements for challenging missions have been kept at the forefront for both the AS350 B3e’s design and functionality.”
The AS350 B3e is an enhanced version of Eurocopter’s single-engine AS350 B3, produced with extended range, fast cruise speed and the ability to carry out the most demanding missions in extreme weather and geographical conditions. The AS350 B3e features Eurocopter’s dual-screen Vehicle and Engine Multifunction Display (VEMD) in the cockpit, which allows pilots to check primary aircraft and engine parameters in one glance – thus reducing workload and enhancing safety. Eurocopter’s application of composite materials for the helicopter’s airframe, rotors and main rotor head gives the AS350 B3e the best protection against corrosion, thereby reducing maintenance costs.
About ECL & Eurocopter Group
Eurocopter Canada Limited (www.eurocopter.ca) is a subsidiary of Eurocopter. Eurocopter Canada based in Fort Erie, Ontario, with operations in Richmond, British Columbia and Montreal, Quebec – has a customer support network that spans the entire country. Established in 1992, the Franco-German-Spanish Eurocopter Group is a division of EADS, a world leader in aerospace and defense-related services. The Eurocopter Group employs approximately 20,000 people. In 2011, Eurocopter confirmed its position as the world’s number one helicopter manufacturer with a turnover of 5.4 billion Euros, orders for 457 new helicopters and a 43 percent market share in the civil and parapublic sectors. Overall, the Group’s helicopters account for 33 percent of the worldwide civil and parapublic fleet. Eurocopter’s strong international presence is ensured by its subsidiaries and participations in 21 countries. Eurocopter’s worldwide network of service centers, training facilities, distributors and certified agents supports some 2,900 customers. There are currently more than 11,300 Eurocopter helicopters in service in 149 countries. Eurocopter offers the most comprehensive civil and military helicopter range in the world and is fully committed to safety as the most important aspect of its business.
About Hélicoptères Hélicarrier Inc.
Hélicoptères Hélicarrier Inc. carries out a wide range of missions for its customers. Its team of professionals are devoted to assisting with operations in mining exploration, Aerial survey/ Geophysics, Aerial Construction, Precision long line operations/Heavy equipment moves, Forestry/Fire suppression and Passenger Transportation.
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